Together with a coalition of Boston organizations, the BTU released a report today detailing how little progress BPS has made in increasing teacher diversity in the district. According to the report, “Broken Promises: Teacher Diversity in Boston Public Schools,” the BPS teaching force is no more diverse today than it was a decade ago.
The organizations behind the report include the NAACP’s Boston chapter, the Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, the Greater Boston Latino Network, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network, the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, the Boston Teachers Union, and the Boston Network for Black Student Achievement.
In the report, the groups write:
There is nothing magical behind the positive impact that teachers of color have on students of color. All students benefit from exposure to teachers of all races. And all teachers need support and professional development, particularly in developing culturally responsive practices for the multiracial classrooms they teach. It is time that Boston make its policies a reality, for the betterment of all of our youth.